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TWO JEWS CHEW ON
THE GRAMMYS
Pass me a knish. (5/23a)
ROLLING STONE'S YOUTUBE PROBLEM
Let's massage those numbers. (5/21a)
YES, IGOR:
IT'S THE TOP 20
A big week for Stringer (5/23a)
VIVENDI EYEING TENCENT FOR UMG STAKE (REPORT)
You mean like 10 cents on the dollar? (5/23a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: PLAYOFF FEVER
We're in a generational moment. (5/23a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Critics' Choice
SINATRA ON AIR: EARLY MAGIC
11/19/15

by Phil Gallo

The Frank Sinatra being widely celebrated on the 100th anniversary of his Dec. 12, 1915 birth focuses on Frank's suave side – the saloon songs, the swing with Count Basie and the songbook he popularized with Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Don Costa handling the arrangements.

Columbia/Legacy's Frank Sinatra: A Voice on the Air 1935-1955 captures Sinatra's early evolution as a live performer, from a soft-voiced interpreter of hits of the day to a commanding presence whose late '40s radio work provided a strong hint that indeed the best was yet to come.

There are gems within the old-fashioned sides here—a 1940 performance of Irving Berlin's “Marie” is a spirited kick in the pants—but it's disc 4's collection of performances from Your Hit Parade and NBC's Light Up Time and his headlining shows that reveal Sinatra's vocal magic.